12.04.2014

A Consolidated Presence: ORICA-Green Edge 2015 Squad, goals and schedule

Pieter Weening won a stage in Giro 2014
We still are in 2014 but 2015 has already started for many pro cyclicng teams, Green Edge included. They recently concluded "a training camp in Nagambie, then had a three-day ride to Canberra and a number of days testing at the Australian Institute of Sport." 
With ORICA securing two more years of sponsorship, the Australian team is a consolidated presence on the top races calendar. Things changed since when it seemed so hard to create a World Tour Australian Team! and things changed even more since when Cadel Evans was one of the few Australian racing in Europe... Now Evans retires and a new generation of Aussie talents is already on stage. With a few interesting races in Australia, cycling became popular and fans are many. Green Edge signed two new riders - Adam Blythe (25, GBR) and Magnus Cort (21, DEN) . The Australian young-gun Caleb Ewan (20, NSW, AUS) successfully completed his stagiaire year and will become a pro with the team. 23 riders from 2014 are confirmed.

General manager Shayne Bannan:
“We definitely have one of the most promising rosters of young talent in the world. But what we have is more than that.  We have winners that are getting us world class results now such as Simon Gerrans and Michael Matthews, we have the natural leaders who provide invaluable guidance on the road such as Mathew Hayman and Simon Clarke and the heavy engines, such as Svein Tuft and Jens Mouris, who time and time again put themselves into the gutter on the front to support our victories. Each and every rider knows their role and significantly contributes to this team’s success. We expect that to continue in throughout the 2015 season.”
As far as races, in Australia it's a HOT SUMMER - unlike here SIGH! - and GE is going to enjoy it: 

Schedule
2 – 5 January: Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic
7 – 11 January: Cycling Australia Road National Championships
18 – 25 January: Tour Down Under
1 February: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
4 – 8 February: Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Riders
Adam Blythe (25, GBR)
Magnus Cort (21, DEN)
Caleb Ewan (20, NSW, AUS) 
Michael Albasini (33, SWI) 
Sam Bewley (27, NZL) 
Esteban Chaves (24, COL) 
Simon Clarke (28, VIC, AUS) 
Mitch Docker (28, VIC, AUS) 
Luke Durbridge (23, WA, AUS) 
Simon Gerrans (34, VIC, AUS)
Mathew Hayman (36, NSW, AUS) 
Leigh Howard (25, VIC, AUS)
Michael Hepburn (23, QLD, AUS) 
Damien Howson (22, SA, AUS) 
Daryl Impey (29, RSA)
Jens Keukeleire (26, BEL)
Brett Lancaster (35, VIC, AUS)
Michael Matthews (24, ACT, AUS) 
Christian Meier (29, CAN) 
Cameron Meyer (26, WA, AUS) 
Jens Mouris (34, NED)
Ivan Santaromita (30, ITA)
Svein Tuft (37, CAN)
Adam Yates (22, GBR)
Simon Yates (22, GBR)
Pieter Weening (33, NED)

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